A Mountain Worth Moving
by Amanda Mason
Published by Amazon Digital Services
Publication Date December 28, 2018
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Montana Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Duty caused him to return. Guilt kept him there.
When his youngest brother, Ben, suffers a horrific injury quickly followed by the death of his father, John Mitchell moves home to assume the role as patriarch of the Triple M Ranch. Four hard years have passed since those tragic events and his family seems more fractured than ever. With one brother permanently disabled, another brother bent on causing even more heartache for the family and one of the largest ranches in Northern Montana to run, John has become an expert at pushing emotions to the side and pushing through the misery. Carrying a burden of guilt over his own role in his family's situation, John vows to protect his family and his ranch by whatever means necessary.
After experiencing her own heartaches, Jill Morgan has dedicated her professional life to providing therapy to traumatic brain injury patients. When she initially meets the Mitchell family, she can't shake the feeling that God wants her to help them. She begins to wage a battle to admit Ben to the elite therapy program at the hospital where she works. Expecting his family to be thrilled at the prospects of Ben being awarded one of the coveted spots in the program, she is shocked when she is confronted by a gruff and protective John Mitchell.
Determined to prove to the tall, taciturn, cowboy that he is completely wrong about her and her therapy techniques, Jill throws herself completely into Ben's rehabilitation. When Ben doesn't respond the way she had thought he would and she gets to know the cowboy behind the rough exterior, Jill begins to think that maybe she was to help both brothers overcome injuries. John hasn't allowed himself to feel anything but guilt for four years. He doesn't think he deserves happiness, but after getting to know Jill, he knows he can no longer deny the feelings he has for her. Convinced that if Jill knew the truth behind his role in his families tragedies, she would hate him, John must decided whether or not to risk his heart for a fleeting moment of happiness. And when heartache threatens to strike the Mitchell family again, John must decide if there is room in his life for both Jill and his responsibilities to his brothers and mother. He must decide if the burden he carries from the last four years is a mountain worth moving.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Debut author Amanda Mason has written a moving account of a family torn by grief after an accident that leaves the youngest son with a traumatic brain injury.
I’m sure I had never considered what it would be like to have a brain injury; looking out at the world and seeing and hearing what is going on, yet unable to participate. Unable to communicate. As I read about Jill working with Ben, trying to communicate with him, I was deeply touched and had a glimmer of what it might be like.
The Mitchell family is broken, and while John Mitchell has been doing his utmost to hold it together, his best efforts have not been enough. The spiritual journey he undergoes to learn to lean on God and discover he has been forgiven is poignant.
Jill’s broken family has caused her grief yet her faith remained strong and was a testimony to those around her. I was encouraged by seeing how even through her own pain she shone in such a way that touched others.
If you enjoy Christian fiction of a more serious nature, I encourage you to give A Mountain Worth Moving a try. I am looking forward to reading more books from this author.